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Billions in Change Free Electric India Pilot May 2016 Update May 18, 2016

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Billions in Change Free Electric India Pilot May 2016 Update

Friends,

The Free Electric pilot in India is now two months old, and the response has been incredible. Individuals, households, and businesses are using the bike to conduct activities and increase productivity in ways they never could before.

Kids are able to do homework after the sun sets, freeing them to help their parents or play outside with their friends while it’s still light. Shop owners are able to continue conducting business through the evening as opposed to closing their doors at dusk. Classrooms are able to power laptops, tablets, and flat-screen televisions, connecting students and teachers to knowledge, people, information, and ideas from all over the world.

We’re seeing that Free Electric provides more than just electricity. It also enables independence, flexibility, new opportunity, and better quality of life. Free Electric can generate energy at any time of day or night, regardless of whether the sun is shining or the wind is blowing. And if the battery runs down, all someone needs to do is jump on the bike and pedal. With Free Electric, a household that’s semi-connected to the grid no longer needs to synchronize its energy usage with when the utility company intermittently sends power. Free Electric is energy on-demand. Finally, Free Electric helps make kerosene lamps and the dirty, dangerous fumes they emit a thing of the past, which means better health in both the short- and long-term.

The film crew that shot our documentary captured this footage over the past few months in India. We’ll be posting it to social media soon, but wanted you to get the first look.

We continue the process of setting up manufacturing facilities in India and Singapore, and hope to have production up and running by late summer. We will be sure to let you know when the bikes become available.

In the meantime, our engineers have continued tinkering with new applications for the bike, including one that involves powering much larger tools and machinery. We think we have a way to use Free Electric to set up small-scale manufacturing activities anywhere in the world, regardless of whether there’s a conventional power supply. We’re not quite ready to announce what that is, but be forewarned that there are some bigger things on the horizon.

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